Friday, October 28, 2011
I was very disappointed in my plateau recently for many reasons, but the biggest reason is I realized I wouldn't make my Thanksgiving goal of 30lbs lost. That was SO disappointing! It's not often I set goals like that, and this was the first REAL weight loss goal that I've ever taken seriously, so it hurt...bad....to realize that it just wasn't going to happen.
Usually, I would have given up LONG before that point...of actually having an expectation in myself. Usually, I would NOT have made a loss weight-by-this-date goal to begin with. This time is different.
At first I was SUPER PUMPED about losing weight. My motivation was high. My determination was off the charts (especially for me). I had a goal, and I felt like NOTHING was going to alter my path, because my face was glued to my goal!!!! Nothing was going to divert my attention. Nothing was going to stand in my way. NOTHING.
But then it happened. "The" plateau. I had never experienced one of those before. I had never stuck with a diet long enough TOO experience it before to be honest! I didn't know what was wrong. I felt betrayed by my body. And I couldn't find anyone to help, although I burned the message boards up trying to find a solution. I spent hours googling things like, "What causes a plateau?" or "How to break through a weight loss plateau". For 4 weeks I did not lose a pound, even though I exercised and kept my calories within their limits. In fact, I actually gained a couple of pounds during this time.
Now for someone that has NEVER stuck with a diet this long, my rationale was something along these lines.
"I'm trying and I'm not losing weight. Why keep trying if it's not helping?"
"I started gaining weight when I began exercising more, therefore I should just not exercise."
"Forget it. I'm tired of this."
But I didn't give up. What kept me going when nothing was working, discouragement was HEAVY and I felt betrayed by my own body?
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
After I quit losing weight, and even now, what keeps me going it HABIT. Habit is when you do something so long that you no longer have to think about it...it's second nature to you. It's just what you do. I'm there.
Counting calories is what I do.
Exercising is what I do.
Working on my diet and health is what I do.
For the first time ever, I really think I'm going to lose weight. I still am having a hard time picturing myself losing as much weight as I want to...it's such a big number. But I do know I will lose 1 more pound. How do I know this? Because I have a habit that says I will keep going...and if I keep going, I will lose. 1. more. pound.
I may lose "1 more pound" all the way to my goal. Habits are awesome helpers and they are helping me, 1 pound at a time.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
So tomorrow when I step on the scale, I'm expecting to see a small weight loss. Definitely nothing earth shattering! I was initially kind of bummed about it the small weight loss, but the thought occurred to me that I'm moving forward in the right direction so I have no reason to be disappointed. I wasn't able to stick to my calorie range like I had wanted to because I went to Augusta, GA to do a breast cancer fundraiser walk Saturday, and to my nieces birthday party Friday. So for about 3 days, I really didn't diet too much. How can I be disappointed with ANY weight loss considering?
Seeing people I know was very encouraging to me though because several commented that I looked like I had lost weight! I can't tell really that I've lost any (other than my clothes are looser) yet, but other's are noticing! And then someone at church asked me how much I've lost! Yay!
Talk about encouraging! It just gave me the encouragement to keep on going.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Well, after my war cry about "no more whining", I sit here eating humble pie. My war cry didn't last and I've done nothing but eat since then.
I've been.....emotional for the past few days. Did I mentional that I'm an emotional eater? Food has been my therapy for so long. In fact, it's been my therapy even when I didn't know that, that was what I was doing: medicating with food.
So what does this mean for me, right now? It means tomorrow I'll have to face my weigh in with a GAIN. It means that the eating didn't help anything. It means that I am that much further from my goal. It means I have to pull it together and do better this week!
It means that I can't quit! It means that life happens and I should learn from it, slow learner that I am. It means that tomorrow is a new day. It means I have to suck it up and do what I need to do.
I'm a Christian. That's who I am...who I'd define myself as. Because of this, I look to God and His Word for my encouragement and to tell me what I am supposed to be.
I've been given my orders, guidance and direction by my very loving Father:
Pro 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
Gal 5:22 - 23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
1Co 9:24 - 27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
1Co 9:27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Anything less is sin, for me. I know what Father expects. I am capable of putting the food down. He's not asking anything of me that I'm not capable of doing. No excuses!
According to C.S. Lewis, I don't have a soul - I AM a soul. I HAVE a body. No truer words were ever spoken. My body is just the temporary housing of my soul. So I will not allow it to control me. I will LEARN to control it. I will train my will...my body to submit to what I know to be right.
And you know what? It just occurred to me as I was typing this that I have to do this whether I ever lose another pound or not. This is what self-control is all about. I will conquer this!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
This is WAY too early in the game to be reaching a weight loss plateau. Really. I'm only down 11½ pounds.
My weight has not moved in the past 7 days or so and at first I wasn't too concerned. But after about 5 days, I instantly got depressed. And whiny. And I had a pity party. And did I mention I was whiny?
So today was day number 2 of my "Whinefest", and I've used my lack of weight loss as an excuse all day, but it stops now. I'm not the first person to quit losing suddenly, for no good reason and I certainly won't be the last. I have 2 choices: A) resign myself to being overweight and give up or B) keep trying until I figure out what works. I'm NOT giving up....fat and 40 is not an option. So I've been thinking about my next move.
I've been doing some research and from what I'm reading plateau's happen sometimes for no apparent reason but sometimes they have definite reasons. Apparently, there is a whole slew of reasons why I could be stalled in the weight loss department.
Here's my strategy.
1. Measure everything to ensure I'm not eating more than I think. Count every bite. I had been measuring everything up until dinner, and then I would find similar recipes with the calories to count. Then I would use my past experience to determine if it's a half-cup serving or whatever, basically eyeballing it.
2. Drink more water. Flush out that fat and help my body do its job.
3. Eat breakfast. (This is hard for me....pretty much hate breakfast and would rather "save" my calories so I can eat a bigger meal)
4. Increase protein, decrease carbs. I'm not a trying a low carb diet, but I think I'm going to just try a "reduced" carb diet.
5. Exercise more regularly. I'm setting goals for myself to meet. I'm challenging myself to do something I've NEVER been able to do: Run! I'm trying the SP 5K training. My current goals are: walk or run 10 miles a week and strength train 3 days per week.
I'm not sure if this is going to work, but one thing I do know - GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION ANYMORE.
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